Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan has released his new budget to much fanfare (and quite a few expensive videos), but that doesn’t mean people are any more fond of his “balance the budget on the backs of the poor” plan than they were last year.
In fact, they seem to like it even less this go around. According to Politico, his budget barely made it out of committee despite it being populated predominately by Republicans. “The House Budget Committee narrowly approved a Republican tax and spending plan Wednesday night…Two GOP conservatives defected, leaving Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) with a narrow 19-18 majority that could have tipped the other way but for the loyalty of the three Appropriations Committee Republicans on the panel — some of whom have serious doubts about the course taken.”
How bad is Ryan’s budget playing even in his own party? ThinkProgress reports that one Congressman who appeared in Ryan’s pr video for the plan ended up voting against it. “At 2:12 in the video, Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) discusses the plan with Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), who nods approvingly…Last night, Huelskamp had a chance to vote on Ryan’s proposal as a member of the House Budget Committee. Apparently, the Kansas Republican did not like what he saw. The Tea Partier broke ranks with all but one other Republican on the committee and voted against Ryan’s budget.”
To be fair, the Republicans who voted down Ryan’s plan were actually upset that it didn’t provide more cuts, and that it actually increases the national debt. But when your plan cuts taxes lower and lower for the wealthy and corporations, it’s pretty difficult to find enough ways to balance that out with cuts to the social safety net, unless the GOP actively asks the poor to collect money on the street and mail it to the government once a week.
Oh, maybe I shouldn’t give them any ideas.